Wills, Trusts & Estates Attorneys • Williams & Jorden

Wills, Trusts and Estates ImageWills, trusts, and estates are not something that people like to think about. However, proper planning ensures that your assets are distributed based on your wishes, and not on the rules that the state of Pennsylvania has generated.

Attorney Adam Williams, of Williams & Jorden, assists individuals with planning for their wishes after death. He also works with clients to generate powers of attorney and living wills.

A popular statistic among legal professionals is that only 30% of the population has a will in place. This means that 70% of the population will allow state law to determine how their affairs will be handled after death, and to whom their assets will be distributed.

Drafting or updating your will is a simple task that will ensure your assets are distributed as you want them to be, and not as the state proclaims. Most attorneys will recommend that you update your will whenever a major event occurs in your life, such as marriage, childbirth, or acquiring a major asset such as a house.

As a part of your estate planning, in addition to a will, you will also want to consider acquiring a living will or a power of attorney. A living will dictates the type of medical treatment you would like to have if you are ever incapable of making those decisions on your own. A power of attorney permits the person of your choosing to manage your financial and other affairs if you are incapacitated.

» Estate Administration

When a person passes away, whether or not they have a will, it is advisable to work with an attorney to assist in administrating that person’s estate. Estate administration can include opening the estate with the Register of Wills, distributing the decedent’s assets, and paying off the decedent’s debts.

» Wills

A Last Will and Testament explains how you would like your property distributed after death. Wills can be complex when they involve multiple contingent beneficiaries, charities, and various types of assets. Attorney Adam Williams can assist you with creating a will.

» Power of Attorney

A power of attorney allows another individual to act as your agent and make financial and legal decisions when you are unable to make those decisions on your own. Additionally, a health care power of attorney allows another individual to make medical decisions for you.

» Living Wills

A living will outlines the type of medical care you wish to receive under certain circumstances. While these can be difficult decisions to make, a living will ensures that your preferences are granted.

Contact Attorney Williams - in Erie, PA - to assist in settling your estates.